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Equivariant Schubert calculus: positivity, formulas, applications


Speaker: David Anderson, Insitut de Math´ematiques de Jussieu
Location: 1147 MSB
Start time: Mon, Jan 28 2013, 3:00PM

Schubert's enumerative calculus, the subject of Hilbert's 15th problem, is a technique for solving problems of enumerative geometry; for example, how many conics are tangent to five given conics? In its modern formulation, Schubert calculus concerns computations in the cohomology rings of Grassmannians, flag varieties, and related spaces. These spaces carry large group actions, which can be used to both refine and simplify the computations. The cohomology calculations can be modeled by multiplication of polynomials, and a central role is played by these polynomial representatives. Formulas for these polynomials are of both theoretical and computational interest. In this talk, I will survey recent developments in this subject, including some new formulas and applications.

Department Tea immediately following in the Alder Room.